It didn’t take very long to for the owners of Ankeny Tap & Table to take over the former Lompoc Tavern that closed its doors on September 26th after being open for about a quarter of a century. Last week the new owners opened its doors to its new venture, Avenue 23 Tap & Table.
A few years back Travis Preece took over the former Coalition Brewing Pub at 2724 SE Ankeny St to open Ankeny Tap & Table. Now Preece has taken over the former Lompoc Tavern at 1620 NW 23rd Ave and opened Avenue 23 Tap & Table.
Now up and running in a soft opening mode, Avenue 23 Tap & Table continues to convert the former Lompoc Tavern into a space of its own. Gone are all of the old Lompoc wall décor that dates back 20+ years. In its place is a new mural painted with swifts and the nearby Chapman School and its famous smokestack.
The wraparound bar remains but the overhead chalkboard is now gone. Its tap list is on printed sheets and on a chalkboard in the dining area. The bar’s build out continues with a faux brick wall that’ll create a stronger ambience. Its outdoor patio seating remains as weather allows.
Avenue 23 Tap & Table serves from 16 rotating taps, one of which is nitro and two others currently pouring cider. The beer menu is priced by the 10oz pour with an adder of $1.50 for 16oz and $2.50 for 20oz. A majority of the beers end up being $6.00 a pint, not too bad for Northwest Portland. Plus to keep some of the old Lompoc stalwarts happy, Avenue 23 is currently pouring a couple of Lompoc beers.
When it comes to the food menu, Avenue 23 serves up an assortment of appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches. During our visit we ordered the Ankeny Burger. This to the point burger with lettuce, tomato and Muenster cheese is one that’s worth the $13.00 price. Plus it includes a side of fries that comes with fry sauce.
For the little ones there’s a kids menu with four options, all for $6.00 or under. This is in addition to the small kids play area tucked away in the corner.
Happy Hour is from 4:00-6:00pm Sunday-Friday with food discounts and $1.00 off 16oz and 20oz beers. You can even add a $2.00 whiskey back to any beer during this two-hour period.
The current hours of Avenue 23 Tap & Table are Monday – Friday from 4:00-9:00pm and Saturday – Sunday from Noon-9:00pm.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.